As described by Knowledge Network contributors Custom Guide in their Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 Reference Guide, SharePoint is an integrated suite of server capabilities that can help improve organizational effectiveness by providing comprehensive content management and enterprise search, accelerating shared business processes, and facilitating information-sharing across boundaries for better business insight. Additionally, this collaboration and content management server provides IT professionals and developers with the platform and tools they need for server administration, application extensibility and interoperability.
That last word - interoperability - deserves closer scrutiny as IT decision-makers consider the potential of other enterprise content management solutions. Some businesses have passed on or abandoned SharePoint when its application integration functionality could be an IT boon.
As Peter Campbell, a director of IT at Earthjustice, pointed out to IT Business Edge's Loraine Lawson, SharePoint would simplify his life because it integrates with Microsoft Exchange, Office and Window Directory and because it includes hooks to a range of databases. But, he passed on SharePoint due to legacy integration and other "scary" concerns, whereas Info-Tech Research finds that SharePoint really delivers for business users. Opinions abound.
Take a look at the related documents and blogs on IT Business Edge to help you evaluate the pros and cons of the SharePoint suite so you don't overlook crucial details.
If you are implementing SharePoint in your business, check out CTO Edge and Errin O'Connor's guest opinion on keys to implementation success to get on the right path the first time.
If you are deploying a SharePoint server farm, use the checklist provided by Toolkit Cafe to plan for and track configuration tasks. Their SharePoint governance template offers policies and procedures to manage and maintain SharePoint configuration.